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Neil Young — Rockin' In The Free World
Album: Freedom
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Released: 1989
Length: 3:33
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Colors on the street
Red, white, and blue
People shufflin' their feet
People sleepin' in their shoes
But there's a warnin' sign on the road ahead
There's a lot of people sayin'
We'd be better off dead
Don't feel like Satan
But I am to them
So I try to forget it, any way I can.

Keep on rockin' in the free world,
Keep on rockin' in the free world,
Keep on rockin' in the free world,
Keep on rockin' in the free world.

I see a girl in the night
With a baby in her hand
Under an old street light
Near a garbage can
Now she puts the kid away,
And she's gone to get a hit
She hates her life
And what she's done to it.

That's one more kid
That will never go to school
Never get to fall in love
Never get to be cool

Keep on rockin' in the free world,
Keep on rockin' in the free world,
Keep on rockin' in the free world,
Keep on rockin' in the free world.

Keep on rockin' in the free world,
Keep on rockin' in the free world,
Keep on rockin' in the free world,
Keep on rockin' in the free world.
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Usually I like Neil's unique voice, but I find this live version a little over the edge whiny.
 eileenomurphy wrote:

OK -you wrote that 3yrs ago! ....NOW, Neil would Make America Smart Again!
 Born in Canada. Cannot help you guys.

 thewiseking wrote:
OLE NEIL FOR PRESIDENT! MAKE AMERICA WEIRD AGAIN
 
It's pretty weird already.
 thewiseking wrote:
OLE NEIL FOR PRESIDENT! MAKE AMERICA WEIRD AGAIN
 
OK -you wrote that 3yrs ago! ....NOW, Neil would Make America Smart Again!
{#Dancingbanana}{#Bananajam}
OLE NEIL FOR PRESIDENT! MAKE AMERICA WEIRD AGAIN
incredible how the irony of the lyrics are lost on a large contingent in this audience.


Great to hear such diverse music on RP, keep it up! Been years since I heard this..
Had the awesome experience of seeing Neil Young once in 1991 in the Old Boston Garden, great show, just before 1st Gulf war started and the place was charged, the music excellent and the politics was a simple yellow scarf hanging from the mic.  The second time was at Fensbury Park England in 1993, with Pearl Jam and James rocking the end of the show out with this song.  Great experience.  
Just like there is no free lunch there is no free world.
Freedom is an illusion.
Wonderful stuff from Neil. 👌🎶 
{#Bananajam}
     Maybe  I'm sleepin' in my shoes
         There'ws a walkin' sign,
          Now shufflin' my feet.
 kcar wrote:

That is weird. Never made that connection before. Bruce has been around Hollywood for ages, typically playing the cowardly bully or brittle establishment guy with weak morals...

Really prefer the studio version of this one.  

My God, Stephen Stills looks deathly ill in calypsus_1's picture below. 

 
Second that. This just doesn't stand up with just an acoustic guitar for me. Craving the Horse right now.

 
 fredriley wrote:
For some weird reason, when I hear Neil Young warbling I always think of the actor Bruce Dern.

 
That is weird. Never made that connection before. Bruce has been around Hollywood for ages, typically playing the cowardly bully or brittle establishment guy with weak morals...

Really prefer the studio version of this one.  

My God, Stephen Stills looks deathly ill in calypsus_1's picture below. 
 calypsus_1 wrote:
Unkle Neil, 69 yr old, remains active and cooperative in the music scene, at various events where participates, some pro-bono benefit, determined and convinced that this is the right path traversed since always with spirit of mission and their reason for being in this world. And this is not unimportant, for a career long and populated, more extensive, and inspiringly bright fruitful, when compared with many of the authors of his generation.However, even for those who don't make the "tabloids" or "media-circus" the reason for their existence, are immune to being news and commercial exploitation of aspects of his private life.

For example, the blatant, abusive and obscene use of the song "Rockin' In The Free World" for inappropriate purposes and frivolous, totally contrary to the objectives and convictions to which this song was created. Tell by the way that is revealing of demagoguery and levity by who had this unfortunate idea.

And by the way, also the subject of recent occurrence in the private life of Neil, give to this man the inalienable right to drive their private life the way he wants, because only he relates. And you only live once.

 
Agree 100%.
Trump's use of this song just further demonstrates his complete ignorance, arrogance and buffoonery.
Cheers, calypsus1!
Stephen Stills, Neil Young

Neil Young, Stephen Stills back on stage together - Stephen Stills, left, and Neil Young perform during the third Light Up the Blues Concert to benefit Autism Speaks on Saturday night at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.(Tommaso Boddi / WireImage) - image in  Los Angeles Times
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My comment:

Unkle Neil, 69 yr old, remains active and cooperative in the music scene, at various events where participates, some pro-bono benefit, determined and convinced that this is the right path traversed since always with spirit of mission and their reason for being in this world. And this is not unimportant, for a career long and populated, more extensive, and inspiringly bright fruitful, when compared with many of the authors of his generation.

However, even for those who don't make the "tabloids" or "media-circus" the reason for their existence, are immune to being news and commercial exploitation of aspects of his private life.

For example, the blatant, abusive and obscene use of the song "Rockin' In The Free World" for inappropriate purposes and frivolous, totally contrary to the objectives and convictions to which this song was created. Tell by the way that is revealing of demagoguery and levity by who had this unfortunate idea.

And by the way, also the subject of recent occurrence in the private life of Neil, give to this man the inalienable right to drive their private life the way he wants, because only he relates. And you only live once.


This is one of those songs that actually sound better with drums, electric guitars and backing vocals. Always great to hear mr Young, though.
Storyteller and protester...
 
Me likey like, very much!
{#Dance} 


Neil is Godlike in his straight-forward coolness (imo)!  He was really great singing along with Stephen Colbert, 10/20 episode
 paisleydancer66 wrote:
Well, since comments are going political here I just thought I would add my comment and you decide if you would like this in your state. A political party here is trying to change our Texas constitution so that we won't vote to elect our senators rather have them appointed. erode, erode, erode

 
Looks like the people there need to write a really scathing blog post.
Well, since comments are going political here I just thought I would add my comment and you decide if you would like this in your state. A political party here is trying to change our Texas constitution so that we won't vote to elect our senators rather have them appointed. erode, erode, erode
Not very often I go from RP to my car and hear the same song sequentially.  Neil rocks out in his unique way. 7.
 rdo wrote:

Shut up...go sell crazy some place else...no one's buyin' here....

 
you are either very young, very brainwashed or blind. and next we get Jeb, the Bush around the corner.......
 rdo wrote:

Congrats...20 years from now you can look back on this post and recall how you too were once a fucking buffoon like oldfart48..

 
Your willful ignorance is astounding, but do carry on.

In 20 years, I hope you've enjoyed the total corporate/police state control over your life (like a good sheep) and ruined environment. If not, you're sure to like the FEMA camps.
 LowPhreak wrote:

Actually, many of us do "buy it', since we know the US has become a neo-fascist state, aka corporatism, oligarchy, kleptocracy.

 
Congrats...20 years from now you can look back on this post and recall how you too were once a fucking buffoon like oldfart48..
 rdo wrote:

Shut up...go sell crazy some place else...no one's buyin' here....

 
Actually, many of us do "buy it', since we know the US has become a neo-fascist state, aka corporatism, oligarchy, kleptocracy.
Boring and uninspired version
 oldfart48 wrote:

anybody ever remember a " FREE WORLD"? not post the bush killing of the kennadys,Dr. King, malcom x , Hewy

Long and most everyone else fighting fasisism in this country. I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW WHY THESE TREASIONST  NAZI BASTAREDS ARE NOT IN PRISON.



 
Shut up...go sell crazy some place else...no one's buyin' here....
My god that was painful.


Normally, old bands/artists are like fingernails on a blackboard to me.  But not Neil.  This man was hip before anyone know what hip was.
Amen, brother.
 

Johnny-smooth wrote:
Not exactly one of my favorite songs from Neil but still a solid 8 and a 10 for the lyrics.
One thing I have always and continue to appreciate about Neil is that he has never sold-out to anyone. He speaks his mind, says what needs to be said and we, as listeners can choose to act or not.
Keep rocking Neil! 

 


The song would be a lot better if his singing voice wasn't so annoying...
Neil Young "Eldorado" Live Acoustic 1990 (5th track of Neil's 1989 album "Freedom"):

In the crystal ball
The gypsy sees the villa
The riders on the hill
The fire in the fields
She sees the mission bell
Swinging in the silence
Now the shooting starts
The bullets pierce the hearts
The seqoritas crying at the well.

Up in the Gold Hotel
The money hits the table
The heavies all are there
That's why the deal's goin' down
Beautiful women all dressed in
Diamonds and sable
Down upon the street
Beside a garbage heap
A Mariachi band begins to play.

Somewhere a blues guitar
Plays echoes in the alleyway
The Tijuana dawn
Claims another day
The golden sun
Rises on the runway
The pilot understands
The money changes hands
Inside the jet
the briefcase snaps. Goodbye.

In Eldorado town
There lives a great bullfighter
His eyes are screaming blue
His hair is red as blood
And when the gate goes up
The crowd gets so excited
And he comes dancin' out
Dressed in gold lami
He kills the bull
and lives another day.


Not exactly one of my favorite songs from Neil but still a solid 8 and a 10 for the lyrics.
One thing I have always and continue to appreciate about Neil is that he has never sold-out to anyone. He speaks his mind, says what needs to be said and we, as listeners can choose to act or not.
Keep rocking Neil! 

Love this live version...  we be dancing...
Had the opportunity to be at this show, 1st time OS with mates from Uni.  Line up was James, 4 non blondes, Pearl Jam, 2 other bands and Neil Young.  Finally was all bands on stage at once singing Keep on Rock'n in the free world.  AWESOME.

 
 justin4kick wrote:
This one is great but I still prefer the plugged version on the same album. Blows you off your feet.
 
agree
 Cynaera wrote:
In my corner of the universe, Neil Young has a special place, and whatever he does gets tucked nicely into that realm. He's never rejected, never judged, never criticized or vilified. He's there, and no matter what happens "out there," he always has a place in my space.

Everything he does is a 10 for me.
 

Miss you so much, Cynaera...

"Young is an outspoken advocate for environmental issues..."

love this song...

Toxic and Tax Exempt— American Taxpayers Foot the Bill for Tar Sands Oil Spill Cleanup


Bought this CD in high school and played the grooves off of it. This will always be "my" Neil.

Awsome performance of Neil Young & Crazy Horse tonight Sep 29, 2012, in Central Partk, New York. Neil, at its best, continues to dominate the stage, aged 66, with vitality, emotion, conviction and delusion of the beginning of his career. It is truly amazing. Thanks for everything and "good to see you".


 



 Cynaera wrote:
In my corner of the universe, Neil Young has a special place, and whatever he does gets tucked nicely into that realm. He's never rejected, never judged, never criticized or vilified. He's there, and no matter what happens "out there," he always has a place in my space.

Everything he does is a 10 for me.
 
......smiley.........you said it better i ever could.....
 AndyJ wrote:

This is the second time I have hit the PSD button since it was added... Previously I'd just hit the mute button...as fast as I could

 
On the other hand,,,,,,, this is one of my favorite songs of all time that I can never get enough of....so there {#Biggrin}
 KevinM wrote:

For some weird reason, when I hear Neil Young, I always wonder where I left my barf bag.
 
That sir is your choice as we are rocking in a free world. I hope you are barfing your guts out and bill plays some more Neil so you can empty out your system. I have my toes tapping and fist pumping singing along. Enjoy your chunks.

This is the second time I have hit the PSD button since it was added... Previously I'd just hit the mute button...as fast as I could


 Cynaera wrote:
In my corner of the universe, Neil Young has a special place, and whatever he does gets tucked nicely into that realm. He's never rejected, never judged, never criticized or vilified. He's there, and no matter what happens "out there," he always has a place in my space.

Everything he does is a 10 for me.
 
this sir are some wonderful words, hats off for that!

someone of neil young's stature and history (no matter if you love or hate him or his voice)
deserves respect. 

and respect is something mankind has been constantly losing.

 
Keep On Rockin in the Freak World!
 
 KevinM wrote:

For some weird reason, when I hear Neil Young, I always wonder where I left my barf bag.
 
Probably beside your giant collection of Michael Bolton and Justin Bieber cds.
 fredriley wrote:
For some weird reason, when I hear Neil Young warbling I always think of the actor Bruce Dern.
 

So do I.  Clearly separated at birth.  And when I see Bruce in a movie or as say, the evil old father in the TV Series Big Love, I keep expecting him to break out singing Like a Hurricane.
 jkhandy wrote:
Pretty much goes for most Americans in general.  No one is paying attention.  Just numb out, smoke your joint, drink your alcohol, watch your sports as your world goes down the toilet.  The establishment is not stupid.  It knows that if you keep the people numbed out and ignorant, it can do whatever it wants, while the nation is out to lunch. 
 
I'd like to add "Reality" tv to that list.  I'm proud to say that I have not watched more than an hour of reality tv in the last 10 years.  And while I do love watching football (and in a past life, a good joint), I made it a point not to check out of the real world.  I still have to buy gas, food, and internet access, but at least I know I'm getting screwed while I'm doing it.
 KevinM wrote:

That's the whole reason for these song comments pages, to leave your positive and negative remarks
 

...Yeah, I guess 'barf bag' is pretty negative....
 linzie wrote:


For some weird reason the fact you felt the need to post this annoys the shit outta me... 
 
That's the whole reason for these song comments pages, to leave your positive and negative remarks
 KevinM wrote:

For some weird reason, when I hear Neil Young, I always wonder where I left my barf bag.
 

For some weird reason the fact you felt the need to post this annoys the shit outta me... 
March 22nd 2012. I hope Bill is in a good enough mood to handle the last four hours of pessimistic songs. I think I am going to go walk out in the moonlight now. I promise I'll try not to die in a car accident (the song that started it) or stuff a baby in a garbage can ( the song that ended it).

*sob*

:)
 fredriley wrote:
For some weird reason, when I hear Neil Young warbling I always think of the actor Bruce Dern.
 
For some weird reason, when I hear Neil Young, I always wonder where I left my barf bag.
For some weird reason, when I hear Neil Young warbling I always think of the actor Bruce Dern.
{#Clap} dcjenk2 wrote:
A rock legend.  Like his voice or not, his songs demand we look at ourselves, something we do not do enough of.  How Young's songs  are as current today as the day they were written is proof that in 40 years we have not gone far in improving our world.  If anything, the ipod numbness capturing this population, the lack of meaningfull songs, the ignorance of sound quaility coming out of two 1/2 inch earbuds, the attention to cheaper is better - no matter the social cost, What is better now than then? - Radio Paradise is one of the only things I can quickly come up with.

 


Now I'm reconciled, after that Cranberries acoustic crap.
As others say, this may not be Neil's best tune or best harmonica playing, but as an American living in Canada, I love what Neil (a Canadian living in America) has to say in this song and how he says it.  These lines reminds me of what I love to hate and hate to love about the States. 
*********
People shufflin' their feet, People sleepin' in their shoes
But there's a warnin' sign on the road ahead
There's a lot of people sayin' we'd be better off dead
Don't feel like Satan, but I am to them
So I try to forget it, any way I can. Keep on rockin' in the free world,
Keep on rockin' in the free world
**********
In my corner of the universe, Neil Young has a special place, and whatever he does gets tucked nicely into that realm. He's never rejected, never judged, never criticized or vilified. He's there, and no matter what happens "out there," he always has a place in my space.

Everything he does is a 10 for me.
More Neil!
I love Radio Paradise, but have heard Neil Young about 3 times today.  please, for the love of all things good, lay off the Neil Young!  You're killing me!

Neil Young - Rockin' In The Free World, Live (2004)

2004 On stage; 1 Neil Young - 2 Bruce singing the second verse; 3 Max Weinberg giving the song a great backbone on drums; 4 Pegi sharing a backup mike with Nils Lofgren who used to play a lot with Neil, 5 Michael Stipe and John Fogerty looking OK.


 dcjenk2 wrote:
A rock legend.  Like his voice or not, his songs demand we look at ourselves, something we do not do enough of.  How Young's songs  are as current today as the day they were written is proof that in 40 years we have not gone far in improving our world.  If anything, the ipod numbness capturing this population, the lack of meaningfull songs, the ignorance of sound quaility coming out of two 1/2 inch earbuds, the attention to cheaper is better - no matter the social cost, What is better now than then? - Radio Paradise is one of the only things I can quickly come up with.
 
Well said, dcjenk2!   {#Cheers}
A rock legend.  Like his voice or not, his songs demand we look at ourselves, something we do not do enough of.  How Young's songs  are as current today as the day they were written is proof that in 40 years we have not gone far in improving our world.  If anything, the ipod numbness capturing this population, the lack of meaningfull songs, the ignorance of sound quaility coming out of two 1/2 inch earbuds, the attention to cheaper is better - no matter the social cost, What is better now than then? - Radio Paradise is one of the only things I can quickly come up with.

 Papernapkin wrote:

Agreed. Shrill. Not his best work. It should be put out to pasture.
 
Some songs are good not because of the singing or the playing, but because of the passion put into it.

 Sjaaks wrote:
I respect Neil and his work, but this is really bad, oh boy.... His harp playing is hurting my ears, sounds like someone playing it for the first time with breath-shortage....  {#Naughty}

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Agreed. Shrill. Not his best work. It should be put out to pasture.
ouch - was a 7 until i heard the harmonica ... I'll give it a generous 4
Young
I respect Neil and his work, but this is really bad, oh boy.... His harp playing is hurting my ears, sounds like someone playing it for the first time with breath-shortage....  {#Naughty}

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This one is great but I still prefer the plugged version on the same album. Blows you off your feet.


Pearl Jam - Rockin In The Free World, Live


"Immagine in Cornice"

"Got this DVD yesterday! Even my grandad liked it!"

"Released more than a decade past its peak in popularity, Pearl Jam proves it still has what it takes to captivate an audience with the concert film Immagine in Cornice. Culled from footage taken throughout the band's 2006 tour of Italy, the film captures the preternaturally youthful Eddie Vedder mesmerizing audiences with his full, rich voice" (from Amazon.com)



Hey - this is rock n roll.  Do you want Pavarotti singing this?  But despite this, granted, his voice has deteriorated over the years, but have you ever listened to Live at Massey Hall 1971 or some of those early recordings that are included in his recent box set?  His voice is absolutely incredible, whether live or in the studio.
 LongGoneDaddy wrote:
Love me some Neil, no doubt...saw him on the Twisted Road tour just two nights ago.  Bunch of new stuff, but I have to say...where the hell is the "free" in the Free World, Neil, when the cheapest ticket to your show is $89??  Are you really that broke that you have to gouge your fans???
 
That's cheap !
We paid twice that money last year !

And as i stated before;There is No Free World !{#War}
This song has a great message.
 thewiseking wrote:
this recording exemplifies how a mindless rocknroll audience can kill music. they miss the irony! they howl like imbeciles at a hockey game as if the lyrics were not even there.
if they had sat down, shut the fuck up and LISTENED they might have (god forbid) learned something.
 
Pretty much goes for most Americans in general.  No one is paying attention.  Just numb out, smoke your joint, drink your alcohol, watch your sports as your world goes down the toilet.  The establishment is not stupid.  It knows that if you keep the people numbed out and ignorant, it can do whatever it wants, while the nation is out to lunch. 

F the boss if he can't take it... this is getting rocked out.
Can't stand his whiny voice. Lyrics are cool though. Fast Forward plz!

Neil Young - "My My Hey Hey" Live-acoustic (1985)

"A passionate performance of My My Hey Hey/Hey Hey My My(Happy!). In acoustic mode for the first Farm Aid in 1985. Note the different verse orders."


 HazzeSwede wrote:
Will some one please tell me,,,WHERE THE F*** IS THIS FREE WORLD ?
I will move my ass as soon as I get the directions !
Skorokoro wrote:
visit Belarus for directions

 
   Nah,,they prolly point me right back here where I started from !
  Or can I light up in Belarus ?  {#Cowboy}
this recording exemplifies how a mindless rocknroll audience can kill music. they miss the irony! they howl like imbeciles at a hockey game as if the lyrics were not even there.
if they had sat down, shut the fuck up and LISTENED they might have (god forbid) learned something.
 Skorokoro wrote:

visit Belarus for directions

 
{#Roflol} {#Clap}
 HazzeSwede wrote:
Will some one please tell me,,,WHERE THE F*** IS THIS FREE WORLD ?
I will move my ass as soon as I get the directions !
 
visit Belarus for directions

 Hannio wrote:
Normally I can put up with or even like Neil's voice.  This, however, is hideous.
 
I saw him live in '88 and he was amazing. This is amazing in the bad sort of way. {#Cry}
Will some one please tell me,,,WHERE THE F*** IS THIS FREE WORLD ?
I will move my ass as soon as I get the directions !
 jedley wrote:
Incredible how Neil can range from abysmal (like this terrible song and worse performance) to sublime. A bit like Dylan in that way. Probably because they're both so prolific.
 
Yes, Dylan is a good analogy. If we were talking film I would compare him to Michael Caine. Caine believes in keeping busy, so he'll take on many projects, some of them good and some of them bad. Of course, you never know how an album or a film will turn out, you begin them with high hopes for the finished product. As for this song, I like it but I'm not crazy about this version. I remember seeing him preform this song, with Crazy Horse, on Saturday Night Live just after the album came out. He played it with ferocious energy, it was awesome, and he had a blue maple leaf on his torn jeans....go leafs go.

Neil's Neil....his quirky wonky-ness makes him unique, do really think he gives a flying duck what people think of his voice?

 fredriley wrote:

Knock off 2 for the harmonica. Love Neil Young lyrics, hate Neil Young's voice.

 

Normally I can put up with or even like Neil's voice.  This, however, is hideous.
 calypsus_1 wrote:


Neil Young & Pearl Jam - "Rockin' in the free world" Live (1993:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTTsyk-pyd8


  Great video! What a performance! They still have it after all these years. Amazing!

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A few years back I worked for a summer on an ecology research crew on the north rim of the Grand Canyon.  The crew leader had an old acoustic guitar and some nights we sat at Toroweap Overlook, an abrupt edge a couple thousand feet above the dark brownish churning waters of the Colorado River and sang this song to the red tail hawks and thunderheads. Hearing this song really brought me back there, thanks.


 skybreakers wrote:
I'm very sorry but he simply cannot sing...
 
That's like being sorry that 1+1=2.  Facts are facts.

The image of Grandpa Jones singing this song came to me as I listened. 


if we are already free, why is everyone (media, politicians, etc.) always reminding us how free we are?  I think this song is sarcastic, right? like, it's not actually a "free world".



 meurglys3 wrote:
I'm currently immersed in Neil's biography "Shaky" and delving back into his catalogue, currently Zuma, Everybody Knows This is Nowhere and On The Beach. He's a unique guitarist and singer, not to everybody's taste but one well worth acquiring. His music has given me a lot of enjoyment for many many years, whether it's full-on rock band chaos or simple piano/guitar craft.
He's the real boss, not Brooce, and a better singer. {#Angel}
 
I read "Shakey" last summer. Occasionally the author can be a tad annoying but overall it's excellent. All those 70's albums are great. It was pretty slim pickings in the 80's but he rebounded in the 90's with some good CDs. Enjoy!

Incredible how Neil can range from abysmal (like this terrible song and worse performance) to sublime. A bit like Dylan in that way. Probably because they're both so prolific.
Not at all my favorite from him...
Hard Rock is most definitely calling now that Mr Young is headlining the bill on the Saturday.  I'll be on the speed dialler tomorrow morning until i get through.
 meurglys3 wrote:
I'm currently immersed in Neil's biography "Shaky" and delving back into his catalogue, currently Zuma, Everybody Knows This is Nowhere and On The Beach. He's a unique guitarist and singer, not to everybody's taste but one well worth acquiring. His music has given me a lot of enjoyment for many many years, whether it's full-on rock band chaos or simple piano/guitar craft.

He's the real boss, not Brooce, and a better singer. {#Angel}
 
Time well spent my friend.

 The_Enemy wrote:


I'm glad you're standing up for the oft-forgotten sacrifices and contributions that junkies and their offspring have made to society.


 
Somebody's got to.

 Ulises wrote:
It should give you a chill. Many men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice so that you and I can have a pleasant discourse such as this one.
 

???

The lyric is about a junkie's child.

I'm glad you're standing up for the oft-forgotten sacrifices and contributions that junkies and their offspring have made to society.


I'm currently immersed in Neil's biography "Shaky" and delving back into his catalogue, currently Zuma, Everybody Knows This is Nowhere and On The Beach. He's a unique guitarist and singer, not to everybody's taste but one well worth acquiring. His music has given me a lot of enjoyment for many many years, whether it's full-on rock band chaos or simple piano/guitar craft.

He's the real boss, not Brooce, and a better singer. {#Angel}
thanks, i needed that just now...
I was out of the room...came back 2 C what I missed   thank god I missed that one
Great song, but I hate this live version with all the crowd noise. If I want to hear a bunch of drunk people singing, I'll go to a karaoke bar.
{#Bananajam}

 Feghoot wrote:
Message - 10; voice - 4. 
 
Knock off 2 for the harmonica. Love Neil Young lyrics, hate Neil Young's voice.

mr. soul  -   10.
 Ulises wrote:
It should give you a chill. Many men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice so that you and I can have a pleasant discourse such as this one.
 
What the Hell is that supposed to mean? It sounds like a bunch of flag-waving bullshit to me.

This song is about the first Bush Presidency. You know, the "Thousand points of light for the homeless man" line?

Oh, never mind! Go back to sleep!

Message - 10; voice - 4. 
speakerman wrote:
There is something about the following that gives me chills every time I hear it: ". . . That's one more kid, that will never go to school, never get to fall in love, never get to be cool."
It should give you a chill. Many men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice so that you and I can have a pleasant discourse such as this one.
There is something about the following that gives me chills every time I hear it: ". . . That's one more kid, that will never go to school, never get to fall in love, never get to be cool."
And people say there was no good music in the 80s!
A 10...-1 for the goofy chairman Mao hat, -1 for weak audience participation -3 for fade out on a live song...= 5
Yeah, this is a great song... But his voice hurts me.
Man I love this album.
Misterfixit wrote:
I just scrolled down and read the comments from before my post. Really folks ... this is great troubadour music. Shade of Woody Senior singing about the WPA. OH, BTW, I did a lovely tour of duty in Vietnam, 1967-68 and came home mostly in one piece, so when I say "I know what war is .." --- I do. Peace, Out.
I'm also a big fan of Woody Guthrie, his son, Arlo; Pete Seeger, the Weavers and the like. I grew up listening to them. When I'd say I'm embarrassed I was too young for 'Nam, folks would say, "Oh, no. I'm glad you didn't have to go. I wouldn't want you to go through that." Glad you made it back, glad for EVERY body who did. :music:
An all-time favorite anthem. It rocks my world. :music: